Bumble Bees Can Fly Because They Think They Can
An urban myth promulgates the idea that according to the laws of physics, bumble bees donít have sufficient wing surface area to actually achieve flight. Just donít tell a bumble bee that! Of course they can fly and quite well. Much of the successes in my own life have come because I didnít know any better. So I just dug in and did it.
On the other hand, I would never have begun many of those same things if I had known how difficult the task was going to be beforehand. I dislike failure more than hard work and discomfort so I donít usually quit until I have succeeded. I often succeed in spite of myself. Sweet Janice played a song for me on our drive to Boaz, Alabama this past Saturday for a woodturning club demonstration in the beautiful part of north Alabama near gorgeous Lake Guntersville. Some of the lyrics really spoke to me. The song is by JOSH GROBAN titled "You Raise Me Up". Here are some of the lyrics:
You raise me up, so I
can stand on mountains;
I donít know how many times I have finished an item on the lathe and thought out loud, ďWOW! This is magnificent. I didnít know I could ever make something of that quality. I donít know how I did it, Iím not that good.Ē I am often surprised at just how well something turns out, even though I have decent woodturning skills and hope for the best when I start. How is it that a small town boy from the California desert with such humble beginnings has accomplished so very much and be fortunate to share it with so very many people across virtually every state and much of the world as well? If you canít see the touch from the invisible hand on high, you need to look a little closer. Iím sure that is true for many of you as well. There is no way we could do this in our own strength.
My message is this: Nothing happens until you start. You donít have to see all the way to the end before you move into action. If you really feel like you are supposed to do something, pray first, think about it for a reasonable amount of time, prepare as best you can, then go for it. Expect it to actually be far more difficult than you imagined, but know you will persevere until you succeed if you donít quit.
Sweet Janice and I had a wonderful time in beautiful Boaz, Alabama seeing old friends, renewing acquaintances and making more new friends. We appreciate the opportunity to teach and share some of the methods I have discovered which make turning our favorite items easier, better, and faster. We would like to say thanks to our host and his wife Mr. and Mrs. Larry McCurly for their generous hospitality. Because, wherever you go, there you are.
Here is my inspiration for this weekís message.
We will be on the road Thur - Sunday July 28-31, 2016 in order to attend a CNC symposium in Kentucky.
We will also be in the Peachtree Woodworking Supply booth again this year at SWAT in Waco, Texas on August 26-28, 2016.
I will be demonstating my Laser Cut Kit process at the Peach State Woodturners Club at their September meeting. The club meets at my good friend Don Russels shop in Oxford, Georgia (Covington area)
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